Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School students demonstrated what it means to proactively embrace a healthy lifestyle as they took part in the Kids Heart Challenge.
Formally known as Jump Rope for Heart, the annual event aims to raise funds to support the American Heart Association. Coordinated by physical education teacher Maria Amoscato, students participate in the after-school event by jumping rope in return for monetary pledges from family and friends.
During the last 16 years, the building has raised a total of $150,564 for the cause. This year alone, they raised a record $15,190.49, with fifth-grader Aidan Todaro being named the highest fundraiser with his contribution of $625.
In addition to the fundraising aspect, several were named “jump off” winners for jumping rope the longest during the event. The Rocky Point Union Free School District congratulates third-grade winners Cole Grable and Sadie Hess, runners-up Joe Reda and Lily Rau; fourth-grade winners Patrick Fish and Abby Zarella, runners-up Jaden Bilicki and Halle Rau; fifth-grade winners Yuuki Donnelly and Lillian Wood, runners-up Jack Grable and Ireland Protosow; adult winners teacher Lisa Celentano and runner-up, parent Diana Blaising.
Photo caption: Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School students jumped roped for a great cause as they took part in the Kids Heart Challenge and raised money for the American Heart Association.
Photo courtesy of the Rocky Point Union Free School District